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Government, Politics, and Policy Studies

Brooks MPA students choosing the Government, Politics, and Policy Studies concentration develop an advanced understanding of how politics and political management intersects with policy processes, program development, and resource management in the public sector. This concentration, in particular, focuses on the politics of domestic and international policymaking and administrative processes. Students in this concentration develop skills to work effectively with elected officials, public managers, and citizens to develop actionable policy goals.

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Representative Coursework

  • Risk Communication
  • Politics, Policy, and Political Management
  • Legal Aspects of Public Agency Decision Making
  • International Political Economy
  • Leadership in Public Affairs
  • International Institutions
  • State, Economy and Society
  • Politics of Public Policy
  • Bridging the Gap: Connecting Research and Policy in the NYS Legislature

Representative Employers (Full Time & Internships)

  • Atlantic Council of the United States
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Congressional Research Services
  • Deloitte
  • NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations
  • NYC Office of Management and Budget
  • Office of NYC Comptroller
  • UN Office of Human Resource Management, Strategic Planning and Staffing
  • US Department of Commerce
  • US Government Accountability Office
  • US Securities and Exchange Commission

How Getting an MPA Can Help You Build a Career in Government Policy

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When considering a career in public service, it is important to understand how and why governments are some of the largest and most impactful units of change around the world.  While today’s political climate is charged, federal, state, and local governments continue to make meaningful and important contributions to the overall success and well-being of the individuals and communities they govern.


Learn how getting an MPA can help you build a career in government policy here.